Last year, only 25 women applied for the female business plan competition, organised by the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E) in cooperation with the city of Maastricht. This is remarkable, says Veroniek Collewaert, assistant professor at the MC4E, given the number of well-educated female students, employees and alumni in the region. The competition is aimed at Maastricht University as well as Zuyd University. “So you’d expect to get more registrations than that.” The prize is attractive as well: the entrant with the best business plan will receive €20,000.
The first round of the 2010 competition opened a few weeks ago.